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How to Choose an Amplifier for Speakers

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Selecting the right amplifier for your speakers can be a bit tricky. But it would be best if you did proper research on your options before making a choice. The wrong choice may get you stuck with poor sound quality, or you could damage both the amplifier and the speakers.

This article will explain everything about speakers, amplifiers, impedance, power rating, and sensitivity. You will also learn how these parameters can help you choose a suitable amplifier for your speakers. We will also explain how to connect speakers in parallel or series to alter the impedance.

Now, before we dive into the details, here is a summary of the entire process:

The Matching Process

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To put it simply, all you need to do when selecting an amplifier for your speakers is to find one with suitable impedance and power ratings. Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with these technical terms, as they will be explained later.

For now, all you need to know are these two basic rules:

1.   Amplifier Power Rating Should Be Slightly Above That of the Speaker

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The power rating of your amplifier’s output channel should be between 1.2 and 2 times the power rating of your speaker. So, if you have a 50-watt speaker, you should go for an amplifier with a power rating somewhere between 60 watts and 100 watts.

The recommended gap gives your amplifier enough room to power your speakers to their full potential. But, too large of a gap means that the amplifier could feed the speakers with a too high signal. This will cause the speaker to produce a sound of terrible quality due to clipping (another technical term we will explain later).  Also, an amplifier could feed a speaker with a strong signal to damage it in some cases.

On the other hand, if the amplifier’s power rating is less than the speaker’s, the sound produced may be too low. This is also an undesirable outcome.

So, before you go shopping for an amplifier, take note of your speaker’s power rating. This parameter is usually stated in Watts (W). And in most cases, you will find this information written somewhere at the back of your speaker. The amplifiers also have their power rating printed at the back of the appliance. It would typically be stated as X Watts or XW (where X is a number).

2.   Amplifier Impedance Should Be Equal To or a Bit Less Than That of the Speaker

Amplifiers usually have an impedance range instead of just a specific impedance rating. Therefore, when matching an amplifier to speakers, you should consider the lower range of amplifier impedance. For example, if your amplifier is for speakers with an impedance of between 4 ohms and 8 ohms, the number that concerns you is the lower range (4 ohms).

All you need to do is make sure you pick an amplifier whose impedance rating has a lower range, equal to or a bit less than that of the speaker. So, if your speaker has an impedance of 6 ohms, you will need to choose an amplifier with a lower range of 6 ohms or 4 ohms.

If you should do the opposite, like trying to power a 6-ohm speaker with a 16-ohm amplifier, make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby. Okay, that was a joke (partly). But on a serious note, powering a speaker with an amplifier whose impedance rating is higher could fry the amplifier’s internal components.

On the other hand, if your amplifier impedance is far lower than the speaker’s, you could have a barely audible sound.

Like power ratings, the manufacturers print the impedance at the back of these appliances. If you cannot find this information on a device, you can check its manual. You can also search for the model number of the appliance on Google. This will give you links to web pages with all the technical information you need.

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What Do These Technical Terms Mean?

Now, just in case you are not familiar with some of the technical terms used, we will explain their meanings:

Power Rating

For most appliances, the power rating given by the manufacturers is an estimation of the rate at which the appliance consumes electric energy during normal operations. As we mentioned earlier, the unit for power rating is Watts (W). For the output channel of an amplifier, the power rating is the amount of electric power that the output channel can feed to the speakers.

An amplifier’s output channel connects and feeds sound signals to your speaker. It can have more than one output channel. And in most cases, all the output channels of an amplifier will have the same impedance and power rating.

Now, coming back to the term under consideration, an amplifier’s output channel will sometimes have two different power ratings printed on the back. Do not let this confuse you. These are the “continuous power” and “peak power” ratings.

The peak power rating is the highest level of electric power that the output channel can feed to a speaker momentarily. When choosing an amplifier, this is not the power rating you should be concerned with. The one you should take note of is the continuous power rating. That is the one we have been referring to since the start of this article. The level of electric power the amplifier’s output channel can comfortably feed to a speaker over an extended period.

For a speaker, the power rating is the level of electric power it takes to operate at its loudest without distorting the sound. And as we mentioned earlier, your amplifier should be capable of supplying power higher than the speaker’s power rating.

Impedance

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Impedance measures the resistance to the flow of an alternating current (or signal). For this article, we are giving an oversimplified description of the term. The full details are way too technical, and there is no need to go into all of that. This property is measured in ohms, and every appliance has it. That is to say that every single appliance presents some level of resistance to the flow of electric signals.

However, the impedance printed at the back of an amplifier is not necessarily the impedance of the amplifier itself. Instead, it is the recommended impedance of speakers the amplifier can power. So, if you see “4 ohms” printed on the back of an amplifier, the manufacturers recommend using the amplifier with a 4-ohm speaker. And if you see a range of 8 ohms to 16 ohms, the manufacturers recommend you connect the amplifier to a speaker with an impedance of between 8 ohms and 16 ohms.

The impedance printed at the back (or in the manual) is the speaker’s actual impedance for a speaker. However, there is a slight complication. In reality, the impedance of a speaker varies according to the frequency of the signal it receives. Therefore, it does not remain constant while the speaker is in use. But the manufacturer’s impedance rating is a good approximation of the speaker’s average impedance level during regular operation.

Clipping

Clipping is the distortion when a signal has an amplitude (level) too high for an appliance. This distortion occurs as the appliance attempts to forcefully limit the amplitude by cutting off the excess (or clipping). For appliances like an amplifier and a speaker, the signal’s amplitude is proportional to the loudness of the sound produced. In other words, the higher the amplitude, the louder the sound.

For example, appliances like amplifiers and speakers are designed to handle signals below a certain level. Anything higher than that specific level will get clipped. This results in a distorted sound.

As we mentioned earlier, this happens when your amplifier’s power rating is many times higher than the speaker’s. As a result, the amplitude of the signals sent to the speaker would be too high. So, the speaker would clip the excess amplitude, resulting in a distorted sound.

Clipping could also occur when the power rating of your amplifier is considerably less than that of the speaker. In this case, the sound would be too low. But in a futile attempt to make it loud enough, most people would raise the volume settings too high. In this case, the amplifier does the clipping as the signal amplitude rises above the level it can handle.

Speaker Sensitivity

You would assume that the higher the speaker’s power rating, the louder the sound it produces. But this is not necessarily so. While the power rating does determine the loudness of a speaker to some extent, it is the sensitivity that counts. For example, a sensitive 10-watt speaker could be louder than a 20-watt speaker that is less sensitive. So, do not let the power ratings deceive you – it isn’t all that matters.

Conventionally, a speaker’s sensitivity is how loud (in decibels) a speaker can get when powered by 1 watt of electric power and observed from 1 meter away.

How to Match an Amplifier to Multiple Speakers

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If you have several speakers, you could connect more than one speaker to each channel of an amplifier. Doing this can alter the effective impedance of your speakers. The good thing is that this gives you more options when choosing an amplifier.

Here is an example to explain how this works:

Let us assume you have eight speakers. And each one of them has an impedance of 8 ohms with a power rating of 16 watts. If you know how to connect these speakers correctly, you will have more options when choosing an amplifier.

Using the previous method, you would need to go for an 8-ohm amplifier with a 20 to 32 watts power rating. You can also creatively connect the speakers in parallel or series in either a 2-ohm, a 4-ohm, or even a 16-ohm amplifier instead. The amplifier only needs to have a power rating higher than the sum of the power ratings of all connected speakers.

Now, let us explain how this can be done. But before we proceed, be warned that this involves some mathematical calculations. If you hate equations and calculations, you may want to stop right here. Also, connecting multiple speakers to a single amplifier output channel must be done with extreme care. If you find the following details confusing, do not try this. This should only be attempted by someone who knows what they are doing. If you do not get it right, you could end up permanently damaging your appliances.

But if you can get it right, it allows you to use just about any amplifier with your speakers. It expands your list of options.

So, this is how it is done:

If you want to use an amplifier with a considerably less impedance rating than your speakers, you connect the speakers in parallel. Doing this reduces the effective impedance of the speakers as a whole. This brings the impedance down to the level that matches the amplifier.

On the other hand, if you want to use an amplifier with an impedance rating that is too high for your speakers, you connect the speakers in series. This increases the effective impedance of the speakers so they can match that of the amplifier.

Next, we will explain what it means to connect speakers in parallel or series. And we will show you how this reduces or increases the effective impedance. We will also show you how to calculate the impedance of a group of speakers connected in series or parallel.

Connecting Speakers in Series

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When you connect speakers (or any component) in series, you increase the impedance. The resultant impedance is simply the sum of the impedances of all the individual speakers. For example, if you connect one 6-ohm and two 4-ohm speakers in series, these speakers will have an impedance of (6 + 4 + 4) ohms. That is 14 ohms.

To connect a group of speakers in series, you line them up and link them in a chain-like formation. For example, if you want to connect speakers A, B, and C in series, you connect the amplifier output’s positive terminal to A’s positive terminal. Then, you link the negative terminal of A to the positive terminal of B. Similarly, you also link the negative terminal of B to the positive terminal of C. Finally, you link the negative terminal of C, the last speaker in this chain formation, back to the negative terminal of the amplifier. So, the amplifier output’s two terminals are connected to the first and last speaker in the chain while the speakers link up with each other.

Remember, you should do this when you want to increase the impedance to match the amplifier. Also, the total power rating of these speakers would be the sum of the power ratings of the individual speakers.

Finally, if you want to connect speakers in series, it is recommended that they all have similar impedances. For example, do not link a 16-ohm and a 2-ohm speaker in series. If you do, you will likely damage the one with the higher impedance.

Connecting Speakers in Parallel

Now, this is where it gets complicated. When you connect speakers in parallel, the inverse of the resultant impedance is equal to the sum of the inverses of their impedances.

For example, three speakers are linked in parallel, and their impedances are represented by the letters X, Y, and Z. Also, the resultant impedance is represented by the letter R.

Then, 1/R = 1/X + 1/Y + 1/Z

There is no need to dive deeper into this equation. However, it would be best to remember that the resultant impedance (R) is always smaller than all the individual impedances when connected in parallel.

Also, if speakers with the same impedance, X, are connected in parallel, the resultant impedance is X divided by the number of speakers. For example, if you connect four 8-ohm speakers in parallel, the impedance is 8 ohms / 4 = 2 ohms.

And just like speakers connected in series, the power rating of speakers connected in parallel is also the sum of the individual power ratings. So, you only need to select an amplifier with a power rating high enough to carry all the speakers.

As we stated earlier, you connect speakers to an amplifier in parallel when you want to reduce the impedance of the speakers to match that of the amplifier.

To connect speakers to an amplifier output channel in parallel, the positive terminal of the output must be linked directly to the positive terminal of all the speakers. At the same time, the negative terminal is also connected directly to the negative terminal of the speakers.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, you must adhere to all these recommendations when choosing an amplifier. Remember, if you get it wrong, you could damage both the amplifier and the speakers.

In this article, we have carefully explained two different ways one can go about selecting an amplifier. The first is finding an amplifier with a power rating and impedance that matches your speakers.

The second is to expand your options by mastering the art of connecting speakers in series or parallel. This would save you the trouble of having to search for an amplifier that strictly matches your speakers. Also, understanding the mathematical equations that govern series and parallel connections will help you calculate the exact impedance and power rating options that can work.

Some of the technical details here may be hard to understand. But if you can grasp them, you will enjoy the benefits. These benefits include superior sound quality and a longer life for your appliances.

Woofer vs. Subwoofer – Learn the Difference

Woofer vs. Subwoofer - Learn the Difference

If you are interested to build your home theater system or simply want to improve the sound quality in your room, investing in a woofer or subwoofer is a great first step. The quality of a sound system hinges on its ability to replicate all the low and high notes. Some types of music will benefit from a subwoofer more than others, but adding quality bass to a stereo system will surely bring the music to life.

Woofer vs. Subwoofer - Learn the Difference

This article will mostly discuss the two loudspeakers – woofer vs. subwoofer – and how they differ. Figuring out how they vary and what they are best suited for will help you decide between getting a woofer or subwoofer for your needs. Since woofers and subwoofers are speakers, they work by converting electrical signals into sounds, using the concept that variations of an electric signal facilitate the speaker’s movement with it and create sound waves through the air (or water). So whenever there are audible differences and distortions noticeable in the sounds, that’s all because of your woofers.

While they have similar features, there are distinct ways to use a woofer vs. a subwoofer. We’ll help you narrow down on which one you’re better off buying between the two by describing each type, differentiating them, and listing down the factors to consider depending on the sonic experience you are looking for.

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What is a Woofer?

First off, woofers are loudspeakers. What makes a woofer unique is because it specializes in the lower end of the audible spectrum of sound. Funnily enough, the term ‘woof’ from woofer refers to the low sound of a dog’s bark.

In a typical home audio setup, the woofer is part of the main speaker system. These are usually the floor-standing speakers you see in home theatres or living rooms. It helps the tweeter with mid-range frequencies since they typically have a range of about 20 to 2 kHz (kilohertz), which enables it to play low to mid-range frequencies. Since they have a wider range of sounds, woofers are perfect for use in home theatres!

What is a Subwoofer?

A woofer is a specialized speaker, while a subwoofer is a specialized woofer that covers a more narrow frequency range. Subwoofers are used to emphasize the deeper bass notes.

There are many subwoofer variants in the market. You can differentiate among these products by looking at efficiency, cost, size, and even their distortion and power handling capabilities.

Normally the structure of a subwoofer is a plastic or wooden enclosure that has one or more woofers fitted into it. However, the focus on the lower frequency ranges causes the subwoofer to be often designed as a larger speaker than woofers are. This larger size allows the driver to move a lot of air while maintaining the required low frequency. Remember that it matters how you place your subwoofer because it can make room for the emergence of multiple subwoofer variants in that area.

Subwoofers are made up of one or more woofers mounted on a wooden loudspeaker enclosure. This enclosure is built to withstand air pressure and resist deformation as these variables affect the sound quality produced. The common subwoofer designs are bass reflex, horn-loaded, bandpass, and infinite battle.

The frequency range of your subwoofer is determined by how you use it. For a subwoofer at home, the frequency range will usually be between 20 to 200 Hertz (Hz) and around 100 Hz for subwoofers used in enclosed professional settings, like a church or a hall.

Since subwoofers concentrate on a narrower spectrum of frequencies, you should carefully place them to have a fuller sound. This “fuller” sound effect cannot be achieved on a regular woofer. However, this can get tricky because your sound system is now more complex. You may need to invest and add other speakers to cover the higher range of frequencies and make the most out of your subwoofer setup.

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Can a Woofer Be Used as a Subwoofer?

Since a subwoofer is a specialized type of woofer, you might be wondering if a woofer can function as a subwoofer. The simple answer is yes – a woofer can be used as a subwoofer, but the resulting sound is still that of a woofer.

You can use a woofer as a subwoofer by installing the same driver in its box with its amplifier. This way, it functions with an LFE or low-frequency effect.

Drivers classified as subwoofers are often designed for lower frequencies than the range that typical woofers cover. So while a woofer can be used as a subwoofer, you still cannot expect the lower frequencies to be as crisp on your woofer vs. subwoofer.

The Differences Between Woofer Vs. Subwoofer

The Differences Between Woofer Vs. Subwoofer
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The key difference between woofer vs. subwoofer is the frequency range. Subwoofers are used to produce a wide range of low sounds and are great for loud bass sounds, unlike woofers. Woofers cover high frequencies as well as the mid and treble range.

With woofers, while their covered range of frequency is pretty adequate for most of your applications, you might want to get a subwoofer if you want the best sound quality.

It all depends on what you want the sound system effect to be. If you plan on a sound system that has more than two speakers, then opt for woofers. But if you want better sound quality from your sound system – now is the time to ask if you should get a subwoofer or a woofer.

Subwoofers from reputable brands will have high accuracy in producing low frequencies. Since the human ear can hear sounds ranging from 20 kHz to as low as 20 Hz, artists and producers feature special low-frequency effects of LFEs in their content to make it more entertaining. This goes for movies, films, music, and every creative thing in between. Directors want their audiences to make the most out of their viewing experience, so they utilize this range and work with more LFEs.

Let’s say that in your home, you are using floor-standing woofers to handle low-frequency waves. Your woofers will generally reproduce sub-bass sounds ranging from 40 Hz to 2500 Hz. Unfortunately, this means that much of the LFEs falling in the narrow range of below 35 Hz will generally be lost. You, unfortunately, will not be able to hear or enjoy them in the way that artists, directors, or producers had hoped or designed.

But if you have a subwoofer, they can reproduce even the extremely low frequencies ranging from 20 to 200 Hz! This way, they can handle the narrow frequency ranges that create earth trembling effects. Imagine your favorite movie and all its bass sounds! You can replicate this experience right at home by getting the right subwoofer set up.

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Types of Subwoofers

Types of Subwoofers

Another important thing to note is there are two types of subwoofers you can choose from.

This will help you determine if you want the specialized features that subwoofers offer or if these are unnecessary and you are already satisfied with a woofer.

Active Subwoofer

Active subwoofers are also known as powered subwoofers. This type is self-contained. It has line-level inputs and outputs, a built-in amplifier, and a volume control panel. It doesn’t require an external amplifier to compensate for the power. Instead, it relies on its built-in amplifier, which does a pretty decent job of providing the required power to amp up the large speaker driver.

However, you will need an independent power source. This means that your active or powered subwoofer should be plugged in a power outlet for it to work.

It has its volume control panel, too. In addition, the powered subwoofer comes with its independent gain and volume controls separate from those in the receiver. These controls will allow you to tune it to meet your required specifications or sound preferences.

Passive Subwoofer

Meanwhile, a passive subwoofer works with an external amplifier (similar to a typical loudspeaker). The subwoofers use more power to decrease low-frequency sounds. Passive subwoofers have a subwoofer driver, enclosure and are powered by an external amplifier. This type relies on the external amplifier to achieve the best sound; otherwise, this is sacrificed. If this is what you have (or want), you will need to first connect the amp to the preamp output of the receiver. This way, the preamp will send clean audio signals to the amplifier for amplification. You will certainly make the most out of having a passive subwoofer.

When dealing with a passive subwoofer, the amplifier or receiver should have enough power to handle the bass that your subwoofer will produce. Otherwise, the energy supply will be drained from your amplifier. They require a lot of power, so setting it up properly and accurately is a necessary step. Failure to add an external amplifier means that your subwoofer won’t have enough power to reproduce the deep floor trembling bass. You basically won’t get to make the most out of your subwoofer and your listening experience.

If you are looking to buy a subwoofer, here are the factors to consider because they will impact your listening experience:

#1. Power

Like previously mentioned, active subwoofers have built-in amplifiers. These are more powerful because it gives you more control over how the power is used.

It would be best if you also looked into the driver. The larger the driver, the deeper the bass. This is ideal if you have a lot of space to work with and prefer loud bass sounds.

On average, individuals lean towards subwoofers that have 10 to 12-inch cones.

#2. Cone Mount

There are two ways to mount a single cone subwoofer – down-firing or front-firing. Since the subwoofer’s cone moves back and forth to produce sound waves, the way these are mounted makes a huge difference in the quality of sound you can expect.

Keep in mind that down-firing cones are mounted on the bottom of the subwoofer cabinet. Front-firing cones will be on the side of the cabinet. Cone mounting is a matter of personal preference, so take note of the space you are working with and the overall look and sounds you want to achieve.

#3. Casing

Casing plays a big role in the quality of sound from your subwoofer. The way its encased makes a huge difference, and even the build of the case affects the way it functions and produces sound.

Acoustic suspension is where the woofers are inside of a box, producing a base response sound. The sound produced by an acoustic suspension enclosure is precise and clear.

Meanwhile, base reflex casings have a port. This makes the foundation of your subwoofer bigger and more extended. Having a port allows some of the power produced by the woofer to come out. The enclosures are better on power but less accurate.

#4. Sealed Box

A sealed box produces a smooth bass line, resulting in an even flow of music. In addition, sealed box woofers tend to have better low-frequency ability compared to other types of boxes. It will also produce a transition from one note to the next, which is quick and clear.

However, a sealed box also has its cons. These types of boxes require more power because they lack efficiency. In addition, they do not produce at the volume levels that other boxes can.

Because of that, you can easily damage your subwoofer as it’s more reliant on power. More power means more heat, but a sealed box – hence the name – does not let the heat escape. You will also notice distortion in the signal because it will be heard in the upper base note resulting from your subwoofer.

#5. Ported Box

A ported box comes with a port. The result with this box is better because the port adds more boom the quality of bass sound from the subwoofer.

The port will mimic a speaker, which gives you a rounder and fuller sound. Plus, this ported box has a better low frequency compared to a sealed box. There is also better circulation and airflow since it is not sealed. This allows frequencies to produce a better boom, and you can play the speaker for longer periods without worrying about overheating or draining the power source.

But ported boxes can be tricky to adjust with certain speakers. The design can distort within the speaker. Unfortunately, heat does not have a chance to spread out evenly when the speaker is played long and hard. Think of it as your typical wear and tear as with any gadget or appliance.

The ported box also does not provide a cushion for the speaker, which can cause issues in both functionality and sound.

Lastly, these types of boxes are larger. Therefore, you will have to consider the space you are working with before purchasing a ported box.

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Conclusion – Which One Should You Buy Between a Woofer Vs. Subwoofer?

Conclusion - Which One Should You Buy Between a Woofer Vs. Subwoofer?

Subwoofers are perfect for home theatre systems and clubs because they give a more realistic and engrossing sound. Just imagine the thumping bass from your favorite club. That sound is thanks to the bass speaker abilities of a subwoofer that woofers cannot offer. If you are more particular about personal settings for your listening experience, you’re better off with a subwoofer because it allows for more control.

Meanwhile, woofers are more appropriate for compact and portable systems such as your car. They are usually smaller, so it is more convenient to set them up and transport them. In addition, woofers consist of just one speaker driver inside an enclosure. Since there is not much technical wiggle room here, opt for a world-class brand to get the high-quality sound.

There is no general rule of thumb if a woofer or subwoofer is better. It depends on your needs, preferences, and budget!

Invest in a quality woofer or subwoofer for an amazing sound experience, but keep in mind that not all speakers are created equally. Always go with a trusted brand with many good reviews that can provide you with the amazing sound experience you deserve.

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The Best High-End Center Channel Speaker For Optimal Sounds

The Pioneer Elite SP-EC73 Andrew Jones Center Channel Speaker

Enjoying various types of music at home has not been a problem for me in spite of the ever-changing sound technology industry.

In the previous decade, the stereo-surround audio speakers dominated my home theater experience, separating the recorded sound featured in music and movies into two channels.

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These huge right and left channel speakers delivered stereo-surround sound beside my TV right at the heart my living room.

But as technology evolved and consumer preferences change, innovations yielded the center channel speaker.

With the desire to heighten my music entertainment and home theater viewing experiences, I adapted to this shift and availed one of the best high-end center channel speakers.

This high-performing sound device does not disappoint, considering the crystal-clear details, impactful bass, and fast natural mid-range it delivers.

Hence, house parties have been more enjoyable as my guests and I enjoyed DJ Paul Oakenfold and DJ Tiesto’s electrifying electronic dance music.

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Furthermore, my family members and I have relished classic films’ prize-winning cinematic themes.

Among them are Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Disney’s animated musical, “Frozen,” and other action-packed movie series such as “James Bond,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Indiana Jones.”

As I no longer use my previous audio speakers, I still get to enjoy the immersive, room-filling surround sound, though this time, it is much more seamlessly blended, thanks to the best high-end center channel speaker.

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The Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker

The Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker

The Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker 

As a music and cinema consumer, I have always desired to stay updated with the latest in sound technology.

I discovered the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker as among the most dependable.

This best high-end center channel speaker delivers high-fidelity and more vibrant music and sound experiences.

Product Description

I found the tall and slim design of the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker attractive, and I am confident that other buyers will also feel enticed with this attribute.

It makes this premium piece of sound equipment easily fit in spaces that other center channel speakers cannot.

Furthermore, this product features several drivers. It has six pieces of three-inch, round mid-range, mica-reinforced polypropylene cones. Plus, it has a one-inch, circular Terylene tweeter.

With an overall frequency of 53 Hertz to 40 kiloHertz, this product measures 6.1 inches in diameter, 24.4 inches wide, and 4.1 inches high.

I appreciate how the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker brings the huge surround sound theater and music encounters at the comforts of my cozy living room.

Quality of Sound

I tried using the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker by playing some acoustic guitar songs like the famous “Change the World” by Eric Clapton and some ’90s throwback music like Babyface’s “When Can I See You.”

It surely amazed me with its delivery of clear, detailed, and high-end sounds. I felt as though I was in the actual concert hall or studio with these legendary artists singing right in front of me and strumming their guitars passionately.

Plus, with minimum support of 40 kiloHertz, the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker perfectly reproduces the latest high-resolution music files with the optimized audio extension.

Costing of the Center Channel Speaker

The Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker’s price is not unfriendly to the interested buyers’ budget. It falls right below the $200-price range.

I must say that, with its versatility, the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker is worth its price.

Customer Feedback

I was curious about what the customers who availed the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker think about their purchase.

They find its slim appearance gorgeous the same way I did. Moreover, they felt wowed by the clarity this speaker system offered, mainly when used for movie-viewing purposes.

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Some buyers felt inconvenienced by the static sound that the model they bought came with, but I think these were factory defects.

The seller did not intend them and, so, these negative comments do not tremendously impact the worthiness of this center channel speaker.

Advantages of the Center Channel Speaker

What I appreciate the most about the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker is that it is undoubtedly all-around.

Its Dynamic Balance acoustic array benefit offers optimized sounds for TV, music of various genres, and films.

Therefore, aside from acoustic music, I also appreciate its optimal delivery of cinematic themes.

For instance, when I watched classic films “Indiana Jones,” and listened to the provocative cantata, “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff, I admittedly felt awed with the fantastic sounds.

My movie nights are, indeed, perfect because of the crisp, lucid, and home theater-filling sound the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker delivers.

These benefits make it deserving of the high-resolution certified rating.

Disadvantages of the Center Channel Speaker

I was expecting a reasonably decent delivery of bass sounds from the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker.

When I listened to Destiny’s Child’s high-bass song, “Lose My Breath,” I discovered some undesirable boominess with some voice ranges.

Thus, I think that those looking for enhanced, bass-boosted sounds for their Beyoncé and Jay-Z music-listening experiences might not get what they are expecting from this speaker.

Overall Impressions

The Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker is a recommended purchase for music and film aficionados.

Aside from its strikingly bold and stylishly dramatic design ideal for cozy home settings, this high-quality speaker allows consumers to listen to various music genres in a whole new way.

Its cost may be a little higher than other models, but I think it is still worthy of buying.

It is because consumers will surely love its delivery of huge, dependable surround sound that optimizes their home theater and sound systems.

Therefore, with its reliability and versatility, I believe the Polk Audio Black Signature Series S35 Center Channel Speaker deserves a rating of 98/100.

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THE BEST FOR HOME THEATER EXPERIENCE:
The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker

The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker 

The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker

As a movie enthusiast, I must say that I received the best home theater experience from the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker.

This best high-end center channel speaker is small and compact. It is among the most affordable center channel speakers, perfect for movie-viewing purposes.

For instance, hearing the opening song of the critically acclaimed James Bond film “Spectre” by Sam Smith titled, “Writing’s on the Wall,” made me experience a genuinely cinematic feeling.

Product Description

The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker measures 9.1 X 16 X 5.4 inches. It is rectangular, and I found it a little bit heavy at 12.57 pounds.

Nonetheless, it was not a significant issue for me since I was after the delivery of no-comprise audio encounters.

Quality of Sound

Listening to upbeat pop songs like “Loyal” by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tyga, and French Montana was fun with the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker.

At high volume, I noticed the minimum distortion. Chris Brown’s pronunciation of the lyrics was crisp and lucid that I could rap with his every word.

Watching the famous 1997 movie, “Jerry Maguire,” was also quite entertaining because, through this speaker, I viewed the cast speaking their lines very intelligibly.

It made me chuckle out loud to watch the scene featuring the hilariously famous “Show me the money!” line that Tom Cruise’s character exclaimed.

Aside from the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker’s delivery of exceptional clarity, I also experienced superb booming bass and engaging soundstage.

Costing of the Center Channel Speaker 

Buyers will not frown with the product cost when purchasing this best high-end center channel speaker, especially if they choose the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker.

Most of these devices fall above the $150-range and below the $300-level.

The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker is a good buy because I guarantee that it will not cause a severe dent on the audiophile’s budget.

Customer Feedback

Clarity is the primary advantage that buyers of the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker praised about, and I could not agree more.

I gathered that they heard a much clearer and fuller sound with this piece of sound equipment as compared to their previous speakers.

Some buyers used the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker with their other speaker systems, yielding more fantastic sounds.

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I read that these customers experienced these advantages, primarily when they used the speaker to watch 4K films, soccer games, and their favorite TV programs.

Advantages of the Center Channel Speaker

At any volume, the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker is efficient, seamless, and delivers clear sounds. The lucidity is, indeed, the principal plus factor here.

The main theme of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which interpolates Giacomo Puccini’s timeless “Nessun Dorma” aria, sounded terrific that I think I was in an actual movie theater when I watched the famous Tom Cruise film.

I found my eyes glued to my high-definition TV as I loved how the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker made the music fill my living room with zero-distortion sound. 

Disadvantages of the Center Channel Speaker

I gathered that what buyers did not appreciate about the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker is its size.

This piece of listening equipment, indeed, fills up a large space in living rooms.

Nevertheless, I believe that interested buyers who are after sound clarity and depth will not find this issue too troublesome at all.

Overall Impressions

Cinephiles and audiophiles alike will enjoy having the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker.

This piece of sound device makes the consumption of movie themes and music unquestionably worthwhile. The price is not onerous on the budget as well.

Above all, its delivery of clear sound of movie themes and dialogues is among the primary reasons why this product is a must-have.

The Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker is, indeed, the best high-end center channel speaker for watching movies, giving a delightful home theater experience.

Therefore, with its reliability for home theaters, I believe the Klipsch RC-42 II Black Center Speaker deserves a rating of 96/100.

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THE MOST BUDGET-FRIENDLY:
The Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker

  The Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker

The Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker

For budget-conscious audiophiles, I am sure that they will feel enticed to avail the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker.

Along with its affordable price, I believe they will also reckon it as giving good value for their money because it does not fail in delivering premium-quality sounds.

Product Description

 The Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker’s elegant finish is undoubtedly eye-catching.

Buyers will find it perfectly complementary to the interior layout of their living rooms. I find the slim design of this piece of sound equipment awesomely matching to my flat-panel TV.

With measurements of 5.2 X 13.4 X 4.2 inches, it is effortless to place this sound device anywhere in my living room as well.

The Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker is lightweight at 4.4 pounds, so moving it around my home theater was not taxing at all.

Quality of Sound

Blu-Ray discs and digital broadcasting are now the norms, and I appreciate how the maker of the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker has adapted to these new technological developments.

I discovered that this premium-quality speaker offers a high-quality sound that complements high-definition or HD music and movie sources.

It surely did not disappoint me with its delivery of clear sounds.

The new aluminum woofers and the balanced dome tweeters of the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker reproduce extra-rapid response as well.

I feel convinced that it assures cinephiles and audiophiles the best possible, full, and dynamic HD sounds.

With a frequency response from 65 Hertz to 45 kiloHertz, this two-way bass-reflex center speaker delivers a sound that is clean and detailed.

Thanks to its magnetic shielding advantage, watching Rod Stewart’s acoustic performances of the songs from his album, “The Great American Songbook,” delighted myself and my family because of the more realistic sound staging this speaker offered.

Costing of the Center Channel Speaker

Money-savvy consumers will consider the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker worth purchasing. This top-class speaker system’s price falls right below the $100-range.

This costing makes it among the best high-end center channel speaker that is undoubtedly budget-friendly. I do not think it deserves to be overlooked considering these benefits.

Customer Feedback

I learned that the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker wowed buyers because of its small dimension, making it fit appropriately under a TV with limited space.

 They also appreciated how the dialogues in movies were soft and delivered without the harsh treble.

On the other hand, some of the customers experienced inconveniences that this product entailed, like an unpleasantly boomy mid-range and having a cheap look.

Nonetheless, I found very few of these complaints.

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Overall, I learned that the buyers loved this high-quality speaker’s delivery of exceptionally lucid and sonorous sound, giving the buyers zero fatigue on their ears.

Plus, at around 50% less $$$ than the others, its costing is undoubtedly friendly on their budgets.

Advantages of the Center Channel Speaker

I consider the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker as among the best high-end center channel speaker because, first of all, it is not that expensive enough to be called “high-end.”

Hence, with its affordable price, I get two values, which are more savings and more quality.

The sound I have received is also very clear, genuine, and clean. Therefore, when I listened to Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande’s perky music, I automatically got my needed mood boost.

Disadvantages of the Center Channel Speaker

I do not feel anything negative about the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker, considering that it is budget-friendly.

The full and dynamic HD sound does not disappoint as well. I did not encounter any of the defects and inconveniences that some consumers voiced out about this product.

Hence, I believe this speaker is worth buying because it certainly works to optimize one’s home sound and entertainment systems.

Overall Impressions

For cinephiles and audiophiles who are money-savvy and looking for great value for their money, I highly recommend the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker.

Its costing is certainly not harmful to one’s budget, and its figure is ideal for various home designs.

Therefore, with its budget-friendliness, I believe the Yamaha Black NS-C210BL Center Channel Speaker deserves a rating of 95/100.

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Purchasing one of these best high-end center channel speakers did not disappoint me, considering the value they delivered.

I guarantee the buyers that they will enjoy their favorite music, TV programs, movies, and other entertainment content more if they make the right choice with the speakers, and this guide will help them.

Happy shopping for the best high-end center channel speakers (on a budget!)!